Helen is a long term co-operator and advocate of community renewable energy, and a member and current Director of the Spirit of Lanarkshire wind energy coop.
She first became involved in the sector when working for the community development trust in Berwick upon Tweed, which came up with the idea of generating income for social projects through building a community owned wind turbine.
In 2012 she moved to Scotland and undertook the MSc in Renewable Energy at Dundee University, after a career in transport, regeneration and community development down south. She currently develops low carbon energy projects for a local authority.
She has also been an area committee member for the Cooperative Group in East Scotland, and is a former Director of The Phone Coop.
Jim has been active in the Co-operative Movement for many years working in various sectors to promote the co-operative business model. As well as community energy, he has worked professionally in community food and Fairtrade.
He is currently Energy4All’s Development Manager in Scotland. He is a director of several community energy co-ops including the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative, the Highland Community Energy Society, which is a community hydro project, and the Auchrobert Community Energy Society in the on-shore wind sector.
Since 2013, he has been directly involved in eleven community energy share offers raising over £12 million pounds.